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Mike Cotty

Mike Cotty

Mike Cotty is a veteran of some of the world's toughest sportives and, in 2006, finished 35th overall in La Marmotte before going on to finish 22nd in the Etape du Tour 48 hours later. With over 20 years experience competing in road, cyclocross and mountain bike races Mike is best known for his extraordinary endurance feats including a non-stop traverse of the Pyrenees, from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean, in 2011 and an unbelievable 677km non-stop ride from Evian-les-Bains to Nice, including 17 mountains and over 16,000 metres of climbing, in August 2013.

Recent Articles By Mike

Gear

Five ways to breathe life into your old bike

Methods to refresh your steed that don't incur the cost of a new bike

Five ways to breathe life into your old bike
Sportive

Five steps to riding a major European sportive

Your route from local sportive to Continental challenge

Five steps to riding a major European sportive
Sportive

Five reasons to become a cyclist

From cake to fitness, new bikes to travel, and more

Five reasons to become a cyclist
Gear

Five factors to consider when buying your first road bike

Road cycling has never been as popular but choosing your first road bike can be difficult. Read our step-by-step guide and buy the best bike...

Five factors to consider when buying your first road bike
Technique

How to make the most of your recon ride

Learning the route, judging your effort and pacing

How to make the most of your recon ride
Sportive

Five essential items for your sportive kit bag

How to ensure you have everything you need ahead of a big sportive

Five essential items for your sportive kit bag
Sportive

Riding the sportive escalator

Five steps to riding an iconic European sportive

Riding the sportive escalator
Sportive

Five 'must ride' climbs in Italy

The greatest ascents in Belle Italia with sportive guru, Mike Cotty

Five 'must ride' climbs in Italy
Sportive

Five 'must ride' climbs of the Alps

Alpe d'Huez, Col du Galibier, Col du Télégraphe, Col d’Izoard, Col de la Madeleine

Five 'must ride' climbs of the Alps
Sportive

Five 'must ride' climbs of the Pyrénées

Aubisque, Tourmalet, Superbagnères, Hautacam, and Peyresourde

Five 'must ride' climbs of the Pyrénées
Sportive

Five sportive clangers...and how to avoid them

Steering clear of errors that could squander your effort

Five sportive clangers...and how to avoid them
How To

Six training loops to build form and motivation

Mike Cotty's training tips to hone climbing skills, speed, recovery and more

Six training loops to build form and motivation
How To

How to prepare for your first event of the season

More on tackling the season-opener from sportive guru, Mike Cotty

How to prepare for your first event of the season
How To

How to: build form for spring

Five top form-builidng tips from sportive guru, Mike Cotty

How to: build form for spring
Sportive

Five key factors to consider when choosing an event

Severity, distance, climate, preparation time, logistics

Five key factors to consider when choosing an event
How To

Five ways to judge your effort

Feel, HRM, power meter, Garmin Connect, and Strava

Five ways to judge your effort
How To

How to plan the perfect recovery

Warm down, nutrition, muscle stimulation, sleep, and days off

How to plan the perfect recovery
How To

How to plan the perfect turbo training session

Preparing location, intervals vs. duration, motivational tools, group vs. solo, monitoring effort with hrm or power

How to plan the perfect turbo training session
How To

How to plan the perfect base training ride

Deciding distance, layering, fuelling, monitoring effort, and carrying spares

How to plan the perfect base training ride
How To

Five essential items for your winter training plan

Goal setting, endurance vs. intervals, increasing training load, off-the-bike workouts, beating boredom

Five essential items for your winter training plan
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